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Don’t Use Do-It-Yourself Estate Plans

Something we hear all the time: “Can’t I just grab a will off the internet, do a transfer-on-death deed for my land, put my kids on my bank account, and be done with my estate plan?”   It’s just not…

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Pandemics and Your Estate Plan

The World Health Organization (WHO) gave name to the disease-causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak on February 11, 2020. The coronavirus disease 2019 shortly after became known by its abbreviation, CO for corona, VI for virus, D for disease, and…

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Elder Abuse During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Sadly, elder abuse events are significantly underreported. The National Council on Aging reports that estimates range as high as five million older adults experience abuse every year or about one in ten. A study by The National Institutes of Health…

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Steps to Take to Pick the Right Nursing Home

Picking out a nursing home for a loved one is an important decision and should be carefully considered. It is important for families to take the time to explore nursing home options and to carefully assess the nursing home facilities…

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Watch Out for Early Signs of Dementia

New Checklist Helps Catch Symptoms Earlier Researchers who presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2016 (AAIC 2016) in July of 2016 introduced and described a new condition known as mild behavioral impairment (MBI) that may be a forerunner of…

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My Parents Need More Help Than I Thought

The holiday season is a time when most families gather together, often from long distances. If you haven’t seen your parents in a while, you may notice they are aging more than you remembered. Here are some things to watch…

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Legal Documents for Jim and Sandy (Part 2)

In our previous blog, we met Jim and Sandy. Now they are age 65 and reviewed their need for age-appropriate health care and decision-making documents.  We left off with the question, “How can Jim and Sandy take steps to prevent…

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Legal Documents for Jim and Sandy

Twenty years ago, when Jim and Sandy were 45 years old, they went on their first vacation without their kids.   They had no planning documents in place and had to scramble quickly to get a simple will and a power…

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Help Lower the Risk of Your Loved Ones Falling

The CDC and Prevention reports one out of five senior falls causes a serious injury like a broken bone or head trauma. Injuries of this sort can make life difficult for an older person to do everyday activities or live…

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